I just had my ICD implanted a week and a half ago, on May 13. In general, I have been doing really well. The site itself aches a little, but the pain of the first couple of days is mostly gone, and when I had my stitches out the nurse said the incision was healing very well.
My question is about something that has happened twice now, once on the way home from the hospital the day after the surgery, and once at 4am this morning. I get terrible, shooting chest cramps, which make it hard to take full breaths because any movement of the chest is so painful. I had this the day after the surgery, in the car on the way home. I woke up again this morning at 4am with it, and the pain was so bad I threw up. My Mom heard me, and came into my room and rubbed my neck and shoulders for a bit, which helped. I took 2 Advil, and after a while the pain eased and I went back to sleep at around 6am.
The strange thing is that the pain isn't actually around the ICD site, so I don't even know if it's related to the surgery. This morning, the pain was actually over on my right side and in my right shoulder.
What it feels like is a really bad swimmer's cramp, like you would usually get in your abdomen. I'm not sure what's causing this, or if it even has anything to do with the ICD. Has anyone experienced this before?
Thanks in advance for the help.